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Coda Gives More Information on Range Anxiety Plans
In brief: Recognizing that "range anxiety" is one of the biggest social blockades to acceptance of electric cars, Coda Automotive has given more information on how their "low-battery" system works to get drivers home.
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Make/Model: Coda EV Sedan
Manufacturer: Coda Automotive
The much-anticipated Coda EV Sedan is slated for release very soon. As part of its marketing efforts to promote the electric car, the company released details on how their low power technology works to help the driver get home or to a plug-in station.
Drivers are well-aware of the "empty light" in their vehicles warning them that they only have a few miles left before running out of gas. Coda, taking a hint from that, has detailed how their low-battery warning systems work in the upcoming sedan.
The flagship vehicle will have a three-stage safety system for ensuring the driver is well aware of the pending loss of juice in their electric car.
The first stage is a warning light and buzz, and limiting acceleration (but not speed) to conserve power.
The second stage buzzes again, retaining the warning light, and lowers the top speed to 60mph.
The third stage drops speeds further to 35mph.
Each stage happens in increments of 5% charge, starting at 15%. So when the battery gets down to 15%, the first stage kicks in. At 10%, the second stage, then at 5% the last stage.
The warnings are designed to give the driver the ability to get out of traffic or off the freeway/highway in order to find a charging station. Each stage can be over-ridden, for safety reasons.
And so ...
With 120 miles of range, it's not likely this will be used much unless drivers are negligent in their overnight recharging.
Photo credits: Clearing the Air (Coda blog)
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